Letters from General Minister

Getting a Hearing

October 14, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, October 14, 2021 Getting a Hearing The first of the “Reformed Notes” of the church is that the Word of God is truly preached and heard. …


Keeping it Honest

October 7, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, October 7, 2021 Keeping it Honest Marks. Notes. Ends. The Book of Order describes the church’s essentials in three broad categories: 1. Its Marks. 2. Its …


Breathing Again

September 30, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 30, 2021 Breathing Again The horror of covid is that it robs its victims of their ability to breathe. The pandemic has created a corporate …


A War with no End?

September 16, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 16, 2021 A War with no End?[i]  In recent weeks the U.S. has withdrawn its troops from Afghanistan, marking the end of our nation’s longest …


Becoming What We Are

September 9, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 9, 2021 Becoming What We Are It’s called “sanctification” – the process of becoming the saints we already are. Paul tells the believers in Colossae, …


Going Public

September 2, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, September 2, 2021 Going Public Everything about the church is meant for public witness and benefit, to the glory of God. The church exists not for …


A Surging New Wave

August 26, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 26, 2021 A Surging New Wave Compassion fatigue. It afflicts all who give of themselves at length for the sake of others. I certainly faced …


Preserving Truthfulness

August 19, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 19, 2021 Preserving Truthfulness As we continue considering how the “Great Ends of the Church” will shape the church post-pandemic, today we land on a …


Evolution of Worship

August 12, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 12, 2021 Evolution of Worship “Boring.” Parents dread hearing this word from their children. It likewise chills church leaders when on the lips of congregants. …


A Church that Thrives in a New Era

August 5, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, August 5, 2021 A Church that Thrives in a New Era The acceleration of change in our world over recent decades is astonishing. Our communications, entertainment, …


I am Here Because of the Vaccine

July 29, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 29, 2021 I am Here Because of the Vaccine  In last week’s letter I suggested that we might gain new appreciation for the biblical/theological word …


Proclamation of the Gospel in a Time of Pandemic

July 22, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 22, 2021 Proclamation of the Gospel in a Time of Pandemic The first of the church’s “Great Ends” is “the proclamation of the gospel for …


Essentials

July 15, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 15, 2021 Essentials  First principles. Foundations. Roots. We use various terms to describe things that are indispensable to our operations, our products, our projects, and …


In Dependence

July 1, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, July 1, 2021 In Dependence Today Canadians celebrate their 1867 grant of self-governance within the British Empire, and on Sunday the United States marks its national …


Working Together

June 24, 2021 | Posted in Letters from General Minister

A Letter to Pittsburgh Presbytery from Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge General Minister Thursday, June 24, 2021 Working Together “We are God’s servants, working together.” (1 Corinthians 3:9) This declaration by Paul follows his discussion of how the members of …